Ethiopian Children's Books
Selam EEDNites and Ethiopia on the Web Surfers:
Contained herein is Part 2 of the BOOKS activity. Part1 was sent on August 16 and contained some general notes on book sites and searching for items of interest. If you would like a copy of Part 1, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of BOOKS and mention that you wish a copy. In Part 2, we will build a list of titles that are appropriate for CHILDREN. As we develop the list, we may choose to extend the categories. Part 2 is divided into two sections: the first is a list of titles for children; the second, a brief form that you can complete and return to me ( email@example.com , Subject: BOOKS ) to let me know of another title to add to the list. On an irregular basis, I will send the updated listing through EEDN. Finally, if there is something that you find incorrect or you have read a particular book and would like to add a comment to the list, please e-mail me and advise.
Joe Ciuffini - a former PC in Ethiopia
||Title||Publisher / Year Published/ Reader /Type/ Comments|
|Abeba, Daniel||Ethiopia in Pictures ( Visual Geography Series)||Lerner Publications/1988/ L, F, J/ Non-fiction|
|Araujo, Frank P. and Li, Xiao Jun ( illus. )||The Perfect Orange, A Tale from Ethiopia||Toucan / 1994/ L, F, J/ Folktale set in ancient Ethiopia of an orphan girl who visits the nigus with an extraordinary gift|
|Ashabranner, Brent K.(editor )||The Lion's Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales||1997 / F/ 16 Different Ethiopian folktales|
|Bachrach, Shlomo||Ethiopian Folk Tales||Oxford University Press /1970/ L, F, J/|
|Bannon, Laura and Katherine Evans(illus..)||Nemo Meets the Emperor||Albert Whitman& Co. /1957/ L, F/ Some help in understanding the context required by parents.|
|Bodker, Cecil||The Leopard||Atheneum /1975/ J, A /Long story, by chapters.|
|Bradley, Duane and E. Harper Johnson, illus..||Meeting With a Stranger||J.B. LippencottCo./ 1964/ L, F, J Delightful story, probably based on the experiences of the Point 4 people that were in Ethiopia during the late 40's and early 50's. The resolution of the crisis is classic Ethiopian! (In a word, delightful. )|
|Coatsworth, Elizabeth and Ness, E ( illus..)||The Princess and the Lion||Pantheon Books1963 F, J|
|Courlander, Harold (Editor)||A Treasury of African Folklore||Crowne Publishers 1975 F,J,A Folktales from many parts of Africa with a section on Ethiopia.|
|Courlander, Harold & Leslau, Wolf and Kane, Robert illus..||The Fire on The
and Other Stories From Ethiopia and Eritrea
|Henry Holt 1995 edition available F, J, A|
|Davies, Russell and Ashabranner, Brent||The Lion's Whiskers - Tales of High Africa||Little, Brown & Co. 1959 F, J, A|
|Day, Nancy Raines and Grifalconi, Ann ( illus.)||The Lion,s Whiskers||1995 F, J Folktales|
|Dunckel, Mona and Lumm, Mary Ann (illus.)||Escape||Bob Jones University Press1999J|
|Elkin, Benjamin and Mitsuhashi, Yoko, illus.||Such is the Way of the World||Parents Magazine Press 1968 L, F Delightful story!|
|Englebert, Victor||Camera on Africa: The World of an Ethiopian Boy||Harcourt Brace Jovanich 1970 L, F, J Good pictures of an Ethiopian boy in his dailyseasonal routines.|
|Fanouris, Mellina and Lukas||Meskel: An Ethiopian Family Saga||1926-1981 1995 J, A ??|
|Fradin, Dennis||Ethiopia ( Enchantment of the World )||Chicago: Children's Press 1988 F, J Non-fiction|
|Gartler, Marion & Blair, Frederick & Hall, George||Understanding Ethiopia||Laidlaw Brothers 1962 J, A This is one of the 'Understanding Your World' Series and is non-fiction.|
|Gish, Steven||Ethiopia ( Cultures of the World )||Marshall Cavendish 1996 F, J Very realistic - may require parental discussion. Non-fiction book.|
|Gorham, Charles||The Lion of Judah: A Life of Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia||Ariel Books 1966 J non-fiction|
|Grimble, Rosemary (story teller)||The Thief Catcher and Other Stories From Ethiopia||Andre Deutsch 1974 L, F, J|
|Grunsell, Angela||Ethiopia||Heinemann Library 1998 non-fiction|
|Heinemann Staff||Ethiopia||Oxfam Publishing ? F, J non-fiction|
|Jenkins, Earnestine||A Glorious Past Chelsea House Publishing||1994 J non-fiction, covers Ancient Egypt, Ethiopia and Nubia|
|Kaula, Edna Mason||The Land and People of Ethiopia||Lippincott 1965 F,J non-fiction|
|Keddell, Jim||Tribesmen's Plunder Phoenix House||1957 J+, A In the
the Hardy boys, Ben and his father who works in locust control in Ethiopia are on a train from Djibouti to Addis when it is attacked by shifta who are stealing arms destined for the Emperor of Ethiopia.
|Kindred, Wendy||Negatu in the Garden||McGraw-Hill 1971 L, F|
|Kleeberg, Irene||Ethiopia||F. Watts 1986 F, J non-fiction|
|Kurtz, Jane||The Roof of Africa ( Discovering Our Heritage )||Dillon Press1991 F, J Non-fiction|
|Kurtz, Jane||The Storyteller's Beads||Harcourt Brace 1998 J, A Two girls must overcome prejudices taught to them since birth. Backdrop is the famine of the 1980's.|
|Kurtz, Jane and Bernhard, Durga illus. )||Trouble||1997 L, F Teklah's
father makes him a gebeta board that he can play while watching the goats. On his
way to the grazing area, he gets sidetracked. Funny story.
|Kurtz, Jane and E. B. Lewis ( illus. )||Fire on the Mountain||School & Library Binding
1994 L, F Classic retelling of an Ethiopian folktale.
|Kurtz, Jane and Christopher||Only a Pigeon||Simon & Schuster 1997
Based on true story based in modern Addis Ababa.
|Kurtz, Jane and Cooper, Floyd ( illus. )||Pulling the Lion's Tail||Simon & Schuster 1995 J, A Folktale of a little Ethiopian girl coming to terms with her mother's death and adjusting to her new stepmother.|
|Laird, Elizabeth with Abba Aregawi Wolde Gabriel||The Miracle Child
- A Story
|Holt, Reinhart & Winston 1985 L, F, J, A Based on the life of Saint Tekla Haymanot. Beautiful pictures!|
|Levitin, Sonia||The Return||Fawcett Juniper 1987 J, A A Beta Israel ( Falasha ) returns to Israel|
|Lye, Keith (editor)||Take a trip to Ethiopia||F. Watts 1986 F, J non-fiction|
|Mesfin, Habte-Mariam||The Rich Man and the Singer:||Folktales from Ethiopia Dutton 1971 L, F, J 32 folktales|
|Negash, Askale||Haile Selassie||Chelsea House Publishing 1989 J, A non-fiction|
|Nolen, Barbara||Ethiopia||F. Watts 1971 F, J non-fiction|
|Obaba, Ali||Emperor Haile
||African Islamic Mission Publishing 1989 J, Anon-fiction|
||Ethiopia ( Let's Visit Places and Peoples of the World Series )||Chelsea House Publications 1988 J non-fiction|
|Perl, Lila||Ethiopia, Land of the Lion ( w illus. )||Morrow 1972 non-fiction|
|Schnapper, Ladena(Editor )||Teenage Refugees from Ethiopia Speak Out ( In Their Own Voices)||Library Binding 1997 J, A Very powerful stories, recommend parental guidance. Questions, etc.|
|Schrier, Jeffrey||On the Wings of Eagles||School & Library Binding
1998 F, J
A 5 year old boy tells the story of his rescue from Ethiopia to Israel.
|Schur, Maxine Rose and Pinkney, Brian J. (illus.)||Day of Delight : A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia||1994 J, A|
Maxine Rose and Pinkney, Brian J. ( illus. )
||When I left my Village||Dial Books 1996 J, A|
Berhane Mariam Sahle
||Warrior King||Heinemann 1974 J, A Historical Fiction based on Theodore II|
|Sellassie, Sahle||Shinega's Village||/ University of California Press / 1964/ L, F, J /|
|Schlee, Ann||Guns of Darkness||/ / Simon & Schuster / 1974 / J, A / Historical Fiction|
|Silassie, Zeray Habte||What is Your Name : Book of Eritrean & Ethiopian Names||/1998 / ? / ?|
|Stewart, Gail||Ethiopia||/ / Silver Burdett Press / 1991 / J / non-fiction|
|Waterlow, Julia||A Family from Ethiopia ( Families From Around the World||/Library Binding / 1988 / F, J /|
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Use the date of publication as a guide to the completeness of the history in the non-fiction books.
The Book List Note that the fields are separated by '/', slashes. Author / Title / Publisher / Year Published / Reader Type / Comments
Abbreviations: illus.. = illustrations done by
Reader Type ( also written below )
L - Listening book - stories read by others.
F - First reader. Simple story, easy reading.
C - Chapter book. To be read in more than one sitting.
J - Chapter book, juvenile readers. (10 -15 years old range)
A - Chapter book, teens through adult.